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Voters give high marks to school budgets


GHENT–With all of the six school districts in the county reporting, each of the districts’ annual budgets has won approval by a wide margin. Eight of 10 ballot propositions were also endorsed by voters, including capital projects in the Chatham and Taconic Hills districts. But in each of those districts voters rejected plans for supplemental capital spending proposals.

A chart of vote results appears below.

Germantown voters approved the $14.8-million budget proposition by 236 to 91. Voters also approved a capital reserve fund proposition, where the vote was 229 in favor and 91 opposed.

Heather Schultz won one of the two open seats on the Germantown Board of Education with 244 votes The other seat went to incumbent board member Donald Coons, who won 159 votes. The third candidate in the race, Andrew Soltano, received 135 votes.

In Hudson, the $48.7-million budget was approved with 308 votes; the No votes were 187. Two incumbents, Willette Jones, 357votes, and Lucinda Segar, 363, won reelection without opposition. Voters also okayed a proposition to transfer $715,000 to the Repair Reserve fund.

New Lebanon voters approved their district’s $12.5 million budget by a vote of 158 to 23. The two candidates for board seats, incumbents Michael Brutsch, 154, and William Buckenroth, 158, ran unopposed.

Voters in the Ichabod Crane (Kinderhook) Central School District followed the trend in the county and the region, approving the district’s $40.1-million spending plan by 747 to 292. A $476,000 vehicle purchase proposition won with 749 Yes votes to 292 in the No column. And a proposition to establish a Capital Reserve Fund of up to $5 million won 763 to 272.

The Taconic Hills budget cruised to victory 710 to 262 as did 3 of 4 ballot propositions. But the capital improvement project on the north sports complex reversed the trend, losing with 311 Yes votes to 660 No votes. David Baylen won the most votes in the three-way race for two seats, with 566. He was followed by Terry Sullivan, who won the other seat with 509. The third candidate, Joseph Costa, received 500 votes.

The vote in Chatham for the $39.1 million budget proposal was 600 Yes to 257 No. The $9.7-million Capital Project to repair and upgrade school buildings and grounds won by a slightly larger margin, 613 Yes to 244 No. But Proposition 3, which called for new security cameras costing up to $1.2 million lost by a vote of 458 No votes to 402 Yes.

There were five open seats on the Chatham school board and four incumbents on the ballot. The fifth seat was won by Graham Button, who received 77 write-in ballots and will serve a one-year term ending June 30, 2019.





Proposed Budget


x Yes 600

No  257


Board candidates (5 seats)

x Denise Barry  632

x Beth Hover  583

x David O’Connor  604

x Patricia Wilson  569

x Graham Button  (write-in)  77


Proposition 2:

$9.7mil. Capital Project

x Yes  613

No    244


Proposition 3:

$1.2 mil. Security Cameras

Yes  402

x No    458




Proposed Budget


x Yes 236

No  91


Board candidates (2 seats)

x  Donald Coons  159

x Heather Schultz  244

Andrew Soltano  135


Proposition 2:

$3 mil Capital Reserve Fund

x Yes  229

No    97




Proposed Budget


x Yes  308

No    187



Board candidates (2 seats)

x Willette Jones  357

x Lucinda Segar  363


Proposition 2:
$715,000 transfer to

Repair Reserve Fund

x Yes  328

No    152



Ichabod Crane

Proposed Budget


x Yes  747

No    292


Board candidates (3 seats)

x John Antalek  698

x Jessica Berner  583

Brendan Caluneo  548

x Regina Rose  680


Proposition 2:

$476,020 bus purchases

x Yes  749

No    292


Proposition 3:

$5 mil. Capital Reserve Fund

x Yes  763

No    272




New Lebanon

Proposed Budget


x Yes 158

No     23


Board candidates (2 seats)

x Michael Brutsch  154

x William Buckenroth  158



Taconic Hills

Proposed Budget


x Yes  710

No    262



Board candidates (2 seats)

x David Baylen  566

Joseph Costa  500

x Theresa “Terry” Sullivan  509


Proposition 3:

$7.1 mil. for Capital Improvement Project

x Yes  635

No    341


Proposition 4:

$6.6 mil. Capital Improvement

Project north sports complex

Yes  311

x No    660


Proposition 5:

$404,800 for 5 school buses

x Yes  704

No    265


Proposition 6:

$118,836 from fund balance to replace bus lift

x Yes  760

No    197





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